ALL TASTES OF MACEDONIA

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Category: Gourmet & Wine

Area: Macedonia      

Tour duration: 8 days (7 nights)


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Welcome to the bohemian district of Skopje, where you can have the first lesson in Macedonian cuisine: eat slow! Enjoy your fresh meze, grilled cheese, peppers and courgettes as you sip rakiya and discuss the logistic and Macedonian customs with your guide. Overnight in hotel in Skopje. (D)

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Rise early so you can buy the best ingredients on the green market! Your chef will guide you through the colorful booths with fruits and spices, and he will teach you how to find the most aromatic and best tasting tomato, zucchini or garlic... Later you will use them in your make-your-Balkan-style-lunch classes and enjoy your meal with premium Vranec wine. Afternoon walks and boat ride along the river in Canyon Matka, a nature reserve - home to the Bald Eagle and to over 200 species of butterflies. Overnight in hotel in Skopje. (B, L)

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Explore Skopje on foot. Start from the memorial house of Mother Teresa, and over the recently reconstructed city square with many monuments, baroque museums and bridges enter the maze of narrow cobblestoned streets of the Old Bazaar, lined with jewelry and art-craft shops, and with turkish teashops. Try lahmacun – oriental style pizza, light and tasty, made by the recipe brought in Macedonia during the Ottoman role. Afternoon visit of the Painted mosque and the Dervish convent in Tetovo. Dinner and overnight in hotel lodge in Mavrovo National Park. (B, L, D)

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Early visit to a sheep farm on Bistra Mountain where we will have shepherds’' style breakfast and learn how they produce their sharp sheep cheese. Optional: roll up your sleeves and try to milk a sheep. It's fun! In Galicnik we'll meet Mrs. Elena, we'll try her delicious natural homemade jams and we'll learn how to make the original kachamak and homemade yoghurt. Afternoon walk (2 hours descend) through the woods to the picturesque village Jance for dinner on the balcony with best view over river Radika valley. Overnight in hotel in Jance. (B, L, D)

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We'll start the day with a morning coffee with the local Turkish women at their home, where we'll learn about their traditional lifestyle and the colorful handmade accessories they make. On our way to Ohrid, we'll make a stop to visit the cave churches and the monk cells carved in the rocks above Ohrid Lake. After our village lunch in Vevcani we will continue to Ohrid for a guided tour of the old town, the cultural capital of Macedonia protected by UNESCO and the birthplace of the Cyrillic script. Dinner in a restaurant on the beach. Overnight in Ohrid. (B, L, D)

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We'll take a boat along the lake shore, with few stops to visit the prehistoric settlement on water, the monastery complex St Naum and to take a quick dip in the lake on a hidden beach by St Zaum. Lunch will be in a fishermen village by the lake. Afternoon drive to Dihovo, for relaxing evening with our lovely hosts over a delicious dinner paired with their homemade beer and wine. Overnight in Dihovo or Bitola.  (B, L, D)

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Morning coffee in one of the cafes on the main pedestrian street of Bitola – the “city of consuls” with typical neoclassical style buildings. Continue to visit the lively old town and bazaar in Prilep to taste the best “bieno” (beaten) cheese made by Mariovo farmers. After the lunch in the wine area (Kavadarci) we’ll drive to a small winery, located in a communist style building, with only 2 kinds of wine: male and female! Why visit it? Because it was the main supplier to the great Marshall Tito in Yugoslavia with their full-bodied, late harvest wine. Continue to the Royal winery Vila Maria and to Popova Kula winery for a guided visit of its cellars and dinner with wine tasting. Overnight in the winery hotel. (B, L, D)

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After breakfast visit of the wine museum in Demir Kapija, and continue to Skopje Airport for flight home. If time allows, we'll visit Stobi on our way – the ancient trading city built at the sunset of the great Macedonian kingdom. (B)

Day 1 & 2
Superiorly authentic 5 * hotel, in the heart of the city, where the busy Capital center meets the heritage of the Old town.  Its sophisticated interior design, with elegant compositions of marble, glass, crystals and wood offers an exclusive picture and creates a warm atmosphere for your stay in Skopje.

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Day 3
Located in National Park Mavrovo, at the foot of Bistra Mountain this 4* hotel features spacious rooms with satellite TV and free Wi-Fi, an indoor swimming pool, fitness center and sauna.

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Day 4
The eco-hotel in Jance is in the heart of National Park Pelister, with beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and the village Jance. Built entirely of natural construction materials it is visually one with the nature around it: the grey rocks, the green hoods, the blue sky and the water of the river. The rooms are authentically furnished, according to the contemporary accommodation standards: with private bathrooms, satellite television and free Wi-Fi.

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Day 5
Set in a 19th century house in the Old Town, the hotel is an authentic gem of Ohrid’s UNESCO-listed city Center. It has been recently renovated and fitted with antique wooden furnishings and hardwood floors; its rooms combine a rustic ambience with panoramic views and modern amenities. Each is air conditioned and provides cable TV and Wi-Fi. The hotel restaurant is in individual building on the lake shore, 50m from the hotel.

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Day 6
Located in a village at the foothills of Mt Pelister, the villa is a restored traditional house built in 1928, in typical stone and wood style. The guest rooms are built of natural wood, with traditional carpets and authentic style. Each room has a double bed, and two additional single beds, cupboards and a wardrobe. Some of the rooms have private bathroom, and some of them are with bathroom outside the room. There is a living room, a wine cellar, a private vegetable garden outside and a spacious lawn where guests can enjoy their homemade meals, beer and wine.

Day 7
The hotel offers unique experience to its guests with its distinct 4 suites and 7 rooms, each carefully named after, and decorated in the colors of the wine type they represent. Each is equipped with telephone and internet connection, air conditioning and balcony giving view to the breathtaking surroundings – true enjoyment for nature lovers.

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Price: Call for Pricing

Included in price:
Accommodation: 2 x hotel 5*, 2 x hotel 4*, 1 x guesthouse, 1 x boutique hotel, 1 x winery chateau
Meals: 7 x breakfast, 6 x lunch, 6 x dinner
Transport by air-conditioned van / minibus
Full escort by professional tourist guide
Cooking classes (Day 2)
Boat ride in Matka and in Ohrid
Cheese farm visit in National Park Mavrovo
Tasting of homemade products in Galicnik
Traditional welcome by the women artisans in Mavrovo
Hiking guide in Mavrovo
Entrance fees for cultural sites
Reforestation certificate for one tree planted in your name in Macedonia
Organization and logistic by Macedonia Travel

Not included in price:
Drinks during the meals
Travel insurance
Any extra expenses not mentioned under „included in price“

What to pack

Footwear: comfortable walking shoes

Warm clothes

Camera

Passport

Trip voucher

Money: cash, or, you can also use your credit card in Skopje, Ohrid, Bitola and Prilep. Feel free to ask your guide for help

Travel insurance

TOUR EXTENSION 1

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DAY 9: Meet the rural side of Macedonia and the genuine hospitality of the people who live far from the busy Capital. Breath the fresh air coming from the surrounding mountains in the little river valley; you can pick up some eggs from the roost next-door for your breakfast, or, you can mess with our LA Soy expert in your "make-100%-natural cosmetics" course.

DAY 10: Wake up with the smell of freshly baked breakfast and coffee, and join the breakfast table in the beautiful garden of your household. Learn and taste the nature: what is lemon balm, mint, rosemary, chamomile, St Johns wort, marigold, thyme and basil, and how to use it in your kitchen, what are their medical benefits, how to make aromatic wines and liqueurs. Make-your-own-lunch with the locals: the tasty Balkan “Gibanitza”, but in the original way: with hand-made dough layers. And enjoy it with pure homemade yoghurt.

DAY 11: Transfer to Skopje airport for your flight home.

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